River Action's fifth annual Floatzilla Aug. 16

Originally Posted Online: July 14, 2014, 3:08 pm
Last Updated: July 15, 2014, 3:48 pm
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Press release submitted by River Action.

River Action will host its fifth annual Floatzilla from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.
The family event is held yearly to promote recreational water trails, canoeing, kayaking, and safe paddling. Participants can spend the day paddling from five launch sites along the Mississippi. All of the paddling routes culminate at 2 p.m. at Lake Potter/Sunset Park, Rock Island, for a traditional group photo and an effort to break the world record for the largest connected raft of canoes and kayaks. That record of 2099 is held by Suttons Bay, Mich., 2013. All are welcome at Lake Potter for kayak and canoe demonstrations, live music, food and paddlesports vendors.
Mississippi River paddles are available for all skill levels:
Empire Park, East Moline -- 11 miles, lock-through Lock & Dam 15. Limited space.
Ben Butterworth Parkway, Moline -- nine miles, lock-through Lock & Dam 15. Limited space.
Main Street Boat Launch, Davenport -- three miles, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Marquette Street Boat Launch, Davenport -- two miles, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Credit Island, Davenport -- 1/2 mile each way, participants paddle back to Credit Island.
Lake Potter, Rock Island -- No river paddling needed.
Registration is $20 per paddler and includes one Floatzilla t-shirt, decal, free parking, and shuttles to and from the off-site parking. Late registration after August 14, is $25. T-Shirts and decals are subject to availability after Aug. 1.
Brochures with an official 2013 Group Photo are available at the River Action office, 822 E. River Drive, Davenport.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

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